Arizona Department of Education's School Finance
Arizona Department of Education's School Finance processes the state payments received by charter and district schools using student and other data submitted to the Arizona Department of Education. In addition to issuing memorandums and other updates, which are available through its website, School Finance has assigned an account analyst to each charter holder. After the Board approves certain changes to the charter contract, the charter holder must submit an Entity Profile Form online to update ADE’s records.
Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records Record Retention
The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records has developed retention schedules that apply to charter and district schools. The retention schedules cover a variety of records, including student records, financial records, and human resources/personnel records.
View the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records retention schedules that apply to charter schools and then select “Education K-12” from dropdown list at the top of the page.
Arizona Ombudsman Citizens' Aide Open Meeting & Public Records Law
The Arizona Ombudsman Citizens Aide has included resources on its website to help entities ensure compliance with Open Meeting and Public Records Law. These resources include publications and frequently asked questions.
Arizona Corporation Commission
The charter contract requires the charter holder to be in good standing with the Arizona Corporation Commission (“ACC”). “Good standing” would include timely filing all applicable reports and forms with the ACC, including the charter holder’s annual report and notices of changes in officers, directors and/or shareholders.
Extracurricular Activity Tax Credit
Pursuant to A.R.S. §43-1089.01, an individual may claim a nonrefundable tax credit for making cash contributions or for certain fees paid to a public school located in Arizona for the support of extracurricular activities or character education programs. This tax credit is commonly referred to as the “extracurricular activity tax credit”. The Arizona Department of Revenue has released guidelines to assist public schools in understanding their statutory requirements pertaining to extracurricular tax credit monies.
Arizona Department of Education's Special Education
Exceptional Student Services (“ESS”) monitors charter and district schools adherence to federal and state special education requirements. ADE's ESS website includes resources for schools regarding all aspects of a school’s special education program from data requirements to program support.
Arizona Department of Education's Elementary and Secondary Education Act
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (“ESEA”), also known as No Child Left Behind, provides financial assistance through Title I to charter and district schools to meet the needs of educationally disadvantaged children. Within the Arizona Department of Education, Title I – ESEA monitors charter and district schools adherence to federal Title I requirements. In addition to various resources, which are available through its website, Title I – ESEA has assigned a Title I specialist to each charter holder and school district. View Title I specialist and then select “Monitoring Schedule” in the “Monitoring Information” section of the page.